New York Times -- Powder Mountain, Utah



My story in today’s New York Times — “In Utah, Getting a Lift to the Top of Powder Mountain” — covers Powder Mountain, to which few ski areas in North America compare when looking at raw acreage and skiable terrain in-bounds. Indeed, Powder Mountain, a sprawling resort near Ogden, in northern Utah, offers five mountains and more than 7,000 acres of terrain.

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But while chairlifts monopolize uphill transport at most ski areas, each day at Powder Mountain about 20 percent of the visitors elect to use one of the area’s other means — be it a $125 helicopter ride or a free bus pickup after skiing off a back bowl. Powder Mountain, old-school and underdeveloped, has only four chairlifts to serve its ample supply of alpine bowls. But harder to see are one helicopter, two snowcats and a fleet of roving buses on a road below the resort that help move droves of skiers and snowboarders uphill each day. “It’s kind of planes, trains and automobiles here,” said Rod Kelly, a manager at Powder Mountain.

Read my full story — “In Utah, Getting a Lift to the Top of Powder Mountain” — here: http://travel.nytimes.com

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